The Knottiness of Othering and the Cosmopolitanism Turn in Everyday Religion

Maria Arceño: Asian Theological Seminary

Published Date: Feb 13, 2024 | Accepted Date: Feb 13, 2024 | Submitted Date: Feb 13, 2024


This paper explores the knottiness of othering in Christian-Muslim relations in everyday religion in the urban marginal enclave of Baseco, Philippines. In examining the framing of the other from a sociological perspective, it is necessary to shift from a monolithic understanding of othering to a more nuanced approach that considers the entangled web of poverty, religious diversity, colonial legacies, power relations, the social nature of religion, and the sense of national loyalties that contributes to othering. Additionally, this study presents solidarity narratives as pockets of cosmopolitanism, draws lessons from them, and proposes a fuller cosmopolitan imagination that can mitigate the process of othering.


Baseco, Christian-Muslim Relations, Cosmopolitanism, Othering, Peacemaking

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